Honorary Award- Satyajit Ray
Revolutionary filmmaker Satyajit Ray gave Indian cinema some masterpieces that still are used as case studies in various filmmaking institutes. The legendary filmmaker created waves in both Indian and Bengali cinema. His first film Pather Panchali won many national and international awards including the Best Human Document at the Cannes film festival in 1955. In 1992, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Ray an Honorary Oscar 1992 for Lifetime Achievement. Unfortunately, the director couldn’t make it to the event as he was hospitalised and gave his acceptance speech via live feed.
After Satyajit Ray was awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 1992, the Academy embarked on an ambitious endeavor to preserve the works of the Bengali filmmaker. “Two,” also known as “Parable of Two,” is part of the Academy’s Satyajit Ray Collection, which includes 18 feature films directed by Ray and preserved by the Archive
Best Costume Design – Bhanu Athaiya
Costume designer, Bhanu Athaiya, who was the first Indian to win an Oscar, died on October 15 at the age of 91. Some of her best known works include Amrapali (1966), Brahmachari (1968), Guide (1965), Lagaan (2001), Swades (2004) and Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi (1983), for which she jointly won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design with British designer John Mollo. Designer Manish Malhotra looks back at some of her most iconic costumes and how they’ve influenced him:
In her career spanning 50 years she has received numerous awards. She won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design (shared with John Mollo) for her work in the 1982 film, Gandhi. She became the first Indian to win an Academy Award. She also won two National Film Awards, in 1991 and 2002.
Best Original Score and Best Original Song- A.R. Rahman
Rahman created history in 2009 by winning two Oscar awards.
Rahman bagged two Academy Awards, one for the original score for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and the other for the hugely popular global hit ‘Jai Ho. Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire bagged major awards at the 81st Oscars. Music composer A.R. Rahman was the first Indian to be nominated in three categories at the Academy Awards for his score in a British-Indian movie. The maestro created history by winning two awards – one for the original score and another for the track Jai Ho. While giving his acceptance speech he said, “Before coming here I was excited and terrified. The last time I felt that way was when I was getting married. There is a Hindi dialogue ‘mere pass ma hai’ which means even if I have got nothing I have my mother here. I want to thank her for coming all the way to support me.” The composer was previously nominated in the Best Original Score category for movies 127 hours and If I Rise.
Best Original Song: Gulzar
Gulzar: Gulzar and AR Rahman won an Oscar for Best Original Song for ‘ Jai Ho’ at the 81st Academy Awards.
Best Sound Mixing – Resul Pookutty
The success of Slumdog Millionaire created global recognition for Indian talent overseas. While the movie won the Academy Award for Best Pictures, sound engineer Resul Pookutty made India proud by winning the award of Best Sound Mixing at the 81st Academy Awards. He won the award along with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke. “I dedicate this award to my country. This is not just a sound award but a piece of history that has been handed over to me. I come from a country and civilisation that gave the world the word that precedes silence and is followed by more silence. That word is Om. So I dedicate this award to my country,” Pookutty said, per Hindustan Times.